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The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein

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By Robert A. Heinlein

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The united states is within the grip of malevolent invaders from one other planet. They land at key issues in the course of the kingdom, connect themselves to human hosts and during them grab communications, and the govt.. The protagonist and narrator is the operating head of the operations group which needs to cease the invaders and which may belief no one...since the President, the cupboard, key leaders can have already been taken by means of the Puppet Masters. The lead can't even belief the commander of his team...his personal father. The Puppet Masters used to be released in 1951 within the early, haunting years of the chilly struggle. Fears that "secret" Communists could infiltrate the govt. are definitely expressed during this novel with the "alien invaders" serving as surrogates for imagined or actual Communists. In a extra rapid means, the unconventional is one in every of Heinlein's early masterpieces, an "adult" novel written at a time while he used to be essentially excited about the YA novels for Scribners which have been very important and influential. showing first in Horace Gold's pioneering Galaxy journal. the radical has remained constantly in print, its premise, speed and livid clash some distance outliving the chilly struggle and the Communist threat.

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The Old Man's gun overcame my inhibitions. The Puppet Masters 56 It did not help any to have some of the younger girls giggling at me as I got down to the buff. " I blushed like a bride. After he looked me over the Old Man told me to pick up my gun and stand beside him. "Back me up," he ordered, "and keep an eye on the door. You! " Dotty was a girl from the clerical pool. She had no gun, of course, and she had evidently been in bed when the alarm sounded; she was dressed in a floor-length negligee.

Wolf," she said softly, wrinkling her nose. " She made a great business of fitting her head back into her study machine while ignoring me. But I could see that she was not displeased. The delivery tube went thunk! and my spools spilled into the basket. I gathered them up and stacked them on the table by the other machine. One of them rolled over against the ones Mary had stacked up and knocked them down. Mary looked up. I picked up what I thought was my spool and glanced at the end—the wrong end, as all it held was the serial number and that little pattern of dots which the selector reads.

Mary took a step forward. "Mr. President," she said very earnestly, "I do know. I know every time. " The Puppet Masters 31 He hesitated, then answered, "I do not dispute you. But you have not considered an obvious explanation—that they actually were, ah, 'harem guards'. Pardon me, Miss. There are always such unfortunates in the population. " Mary shut up. The Old Man did not. "God damn it, Tom—" I shuddered; you don't talk to the President that way. "—I knew you when you were an investigating senator and I was a key man in your investigations.

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